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Giuseppe Giacosa (libretto "Tosca")
Luigi Illica (libretto "Tosca")
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Release Date:
26 August 1956 (Italy) See more »
The first complete opera ever filmed in CinemaScope and color. See more »
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A great opera film especially for Corelli See more (3 total) »


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Directed by
Carmine Gallone 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Giuseppe Giacosa  libretto "Tosca"
Luigi Illica  libretto "Tosca"
Victorien Sardou  play "La Tosca"

Produced by
Giulio Fiaschi .... producer
Carmine Gallone .... producer
Guido Luzzatto .... line producer
Manlio Morelli .... producer
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Niccolò Lazzari 
Costume Design by
Maria De Matteis 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup chief
Production Management
Marino Vaccà .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Cirino .... assistant director
Art Department
Guido Fiorini .... set designer
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ovidio Del Grande .... sound technician
Ennio Sensi .... sound technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator
Music Department
Giuseppe Conga .... choral director
Oliviero De Fabritiis .... conductor (as Oliviero DeFabritiis)
Giacomo Puccini .... music by
Luigi Ricci .... music assistant
Renzo Rossellini .... music consultant
Other crew
Guido Luzzatto .... production secretary
Attilia Radice .... choreographer

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110 min | USA:112 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Version of La Tosca (1973)See more »


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A great opera film especially for Corelli, 26 February 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Tosca has always been one of my favourites, and being a fan of Franco Corelli, I knew I wanted to see this Tosca. And I was not disappointed, one of my favourite filmed versions of Tosca that's for sure. The settings and costumes are sumptuous while not taking away from the opera's tragedy and darkness and the camera work is focused and not distracting from the drama. The colour is serviceable if occasionally faded. Musically, this is one of the most powerful and moving accounts I've seen. Act 2 is phenomenal, one of the best middle acts ever in opera, Te Deum is subtle and chilling and Mario Mario Mario and the Cello Ensemble evoke a lot of emotion. The conducting is refined and sensitive, yet really lets loose in the dramatic scenes, the torture scene is the very definition of tense.

Of the singing and acting, Franco Corelli was the one who stood out. Not only is he the handsomest Caveradossi I've seen, but his Caveradossi is incredibly well-acted, ardent, intense, poignant and arrogant, and vocally the singing is thrilling and beautiful at the same time, ringing tone yet with some sublime moments of musicality. Franca Duvall is a dramatically riveting Tosca, and of the many Toscas I've heard, Maria Caniglia sings with passion and beauty, while possessing one of the truer Spinto soprano voices. Afro Poli is charismatic and powerful on screen as the villain Scarpia, and the character's voice is sung in a tour-De-force vocal by GianGiacomo Guelfi.

All in all, a great opera film, with wonderful music, and Guelfi and especially Corelli are magnificent. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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